Many high school students like to play with drones. But 11 students selected for the Student Career Development Program at Boeing got to do more than fly a drone – they got to build one.
The Student Career Development Program started as a pilot program in June, and provided a paid summer experience for 11 high school and one college student to work on an unmanned air vehicle under the leadership of Boeing Research and Technology and Education Relations. The program was designed to allow students the opportunity to work with Boeing engineers and get hands on experiential learning.
“Boeing invests in programs like this by offering hands-on learning experiences and mentoring to inspire the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)," said Matt Daniels, senior manager in Education Relations. "We know these students represent our future, and we want to complement their classroom learning with some real-world application in the aerospace industry."
The students used Boeing resources, including a 3-D additive manufacturing lab, the drone lab, and the Boeing Makerspace, a site set up to facilitate learning through virtual reality and flight simulation, to design, build and fly their drone. As part of the internship, the students also taught basic coding to elementary students visiting the Boeing Makerspace in St. Louis.
The students completed the 8-week program in late July with a presentation and demonstration of their unmanned air vehicle to an audience of Boeing leaders. The plan is to replicate the program at more sites in the future.